In January of 2015, Ivanka TRUMP penned this article for us, tackling stereotypes of working women, pegged to the same #WomenWhoWork initiative that her new book, aptly titled Women Who Work, is built on. I assigned the piece and found her to be thoughtful and engaged with the idea of helping to bridge the gap between mothers who did and didn’t work and to address the invisible costs of committing time to care at home. Even at the time, her ideas didn’t feel particularly intersectional or broadly inclusive but they didn’t seem intentionally exclusive, either.
And she did aim to advance the causes of working women in a way that was an important and meaningful part of the cultural conversation at the time. See here, here, and here , for some context.
But 2015 was a different time. The future felt truly and easily female (despite the problematic co-opting and commercializing of that phrase). Many women were taking feminism for granted (possibly even considering themselves frustratingly ‘post-feminist’), Hillary Clinton was a few months away from announcing her candidacy, and we all (or rather, many but not nearly enough of us) had clear hopes for a world in which the U.S. would soon have its first female president in office. But that future has not yet come to be.